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Near the Port of Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter
Hotel Duquesa Cardona is within view of the port and a 15-minute walk or less from a few of Barcelona's most prized attractions, such as the Mercat de la Boqueria public market. It is situated in the Gothic Quarter, surrounded by shops and restaurants. The hotel is located on a bus route, which makes explorations in other neighborhoods convenient. If the subway is preferred, a stop is an eight-minute walk away -- not an insurmountable distance, but a bit farther than expected in a city dotted by metro stations.
Barcelona has the best of two worlds: the urban excitement of a modern yet historical city combined with the leisure and relaxation set by the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists pour from every corner of the world to experience the town’s vibrant nightlife, excellent cuisine, beautiful Gothic and one-of-a-kind Modernist architecture, and cutting-edge design scene. This -- and the great Mediterranean climate -- means you might find crowds wherever you go, but it'll be worth it for sites like the bizarre Sagrada Familia cathedral, world-class MACBA museum, hopping Barri Gothic neighborhood, and unusual Parc Guell.
The Duquesa de Cardona is a boutique hotel that blends old-school charm with understated sophistication. The lobby is quaint, with checked floors and elegant velvet chairs that give it the look of an old-fashioned parlor. This classic feel carries through to the other common areas and guest rooms as well, which have dark wood furnishings, historic prints, and muted tones throughout. Even the standard rooms have plenty of space, as do the bathrooms. Rooms tend to be a bit dark, though. Sun-seeking guests may want to check out the sixth-floor terrace, which houses a pool and bar. The hotel's location in the Gothic Quarter is convenient, but street noise can be an issue.